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"Ram*and heavy grounds made playing conditions'" very difficult when the Auckland Rugby League's senior championship competition was continued. on Saturday, to the chief match of the-day, Otahuhu beat Mt. Albert, and retained/its position as leader. In the. matches at Carlaw Park low scoring ruled.

Results were:— Otahuhu," 7i-y". Mt. Albert, 2. Manukau, 12, v. Ponsonby, 11. North Shore, 4, v. Newton, 3. City, 18, y. Marists, 9. Richmond, 15, v. Pt. Chevalier, 7,

Riley Gets Points.—Four of the seven points gained by Otahuhu came from goals by C. Riley. In the early stages of the match Riley had a couple of fruitless shots from penalties, and at another stage, when more penalties were awarded at the Mt. Albert end, he kicked the ball high so that the Otahuhu forwards could swarm after it. Riley's first goal was kicked from short range. The next was a conversion of a try by Halsey, a remarkable shot from a very muddy section of the ground, and rfrom an acute angle. In the heavy going, .the backs of neither team could consistently make progress in handling tactics. The Otahuhu try was the result of the best constructive play of the match, and a slippery ball was handled without fault, despite the fact that Halsey, on the wing, was given a difficult head-high pass.

North Shore Extended.—On the day— a very muddy, day with colourful football out of the question—there Was little, if anything, between Newton and North Shore. Honours were even in the packs, even with Rutherford hooking for Shore, and both back-lines found the churned-up state of the ground too much to overcome. Newton's defensive play was sound and the occasional thrusts by the Shore backs, Chatham, Clarke .and Read, were inevitably stopped, though some assistance came from a slippery ball and the difficult playing conditions in general.

City Forwards Impress.—Contributing 15 of City's 18 points, A. Silva gave the outstanding individual exhibition in the game against Marist. His total was made up of three tries, two of which he converted, and a penalty goal. The third try, was particularly good, coming after he had followed up a kick of his own from a short distance inside half-way. The display of the City forwards on a heavy: ground-was altogether impressive, the pack in a determined manner to the leadership of S. Watene. The side was sound, too, on the defence, its line being crossed- only once and this as the result of fast following-up by the Marist five-eighths, J. McWilliams. Representative Team The team selected to represent Aucklaad against Wellington next Saturday is as follows:—Fullback, W. S. Clarke (City); three-quarters, B. Nordgren (Ponsonby), A. Wiles (Mt. Albert), B. Lowther (Richmond); five-eighths, J. Murray (Manukau), R. Speedy (Otahuhu); halfback, C. Major (Manukau). Forwards, D. McLeod (Marist), J. Rutherford. (North Shore), D. Ryan (Richmond), P. Ririnui (Manukau), A. Thompson (Richmond), T. Hardwick (Ponsonby). Reserves: Backs,; M. Robertson (Richmond), R. Clarke (North Shore); forwards, N. Johnson (Otahuhu), A. Graham (North Shore). Owing, to injuries Clement and A. Rogers are not available. The team will train at Carlaw Park to-morrow evening and on Thursday evening.

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LEAGUE LADDER, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 166, 16 July 1945

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LEAGUE LADDER Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 166, 16 July 1945

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